Conrad Ardis Erickson, 92, of Highland, died peacefully on Sunday, December 27, 2020, at Chosen Valley Care Center in Chatfield.
Conrad was born July 15, 1928, in rural Lanesboro, to Arnold and Cora (Glenna) Erickson. He graduated from Lanesboro High School in 1947, and went to Business College in Winona. On October 15, 1950, he married Dorothy Seem; they were later divorced. On April 5, 1958, he married Esther Simon in Winona.
Conrad farmed around the Highland area his entire life. He also drove school bus for the Peterson School District for 14 years, had his pilot’s license and flew his own plane. Conrad loved to collect and restore Oliver tractors and spent hours outdoors working on his collection after he retired from farming. He loved having coffee with company and going out to dinner with family and friends.
Conrad is survived by his daughters Deborah (Ken) Hoops of Victoria, MN and Chris Lannin (J.J. Williams) of Lanesboro; and step-son Dennis (Bonnie) Erickson of Fon du Lac, WI; 10 grandchildren and 9 great grandchildren. He is preceded in death by his parents Arnold and Cora, wife Esther; son Conrad Jr.; two brothers Merlin and Alvin (Dolores) Erickson; and 4 sisters Marian Erickson, Delia (Obert) Halvorson, Bernice (Orle) Oian, and Gilma (Leonard) Sorum.
Due to the current health guidelines, services will be held in the spring at the First Lutheran Church of Highland. Conrad’s jokes, stories and desire to have a good time, will truly be missed.
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